R v G & Others14.06.2017
Mr. G was a privately paying client who came to us from his previous solicitors for his trial. He was ultimately charged with Possession with Intent to Supply Class A and Class B drugs, along with two co-defendants. Mr. G was of good character and maintained that he would plead Guilty to possession of the drugs but that he did not supply them to others.
Throughout the course of Mr. G’s case, the defence consistently put the prosecution to test for their belief, resulting firstly in a successful application to dismiss the charges of ‘Concern in the Supply of Drugs’. This then resulted in a change of the Indictment to be Possession with intent to supply- this would be harder for the Prosecution to prove on the facts.
The fact that Mr. G was charged with co-defendants proved to be a sensitive and challenging issue in the case as it transpired that the Guilty party was one of the co-defendants and not our client. After some time, the defence were able to demonstrate this fact to the prosecution, which resulted in the acceptance of Mr. G’s plea to simple possession on the day of trial. Mr. G walked away with a fine and a non-custodial sentence, whilst his two co-defendants both received sentences of immediate imprisonment.
We instructed Roxanne Morrell and Simon Ralph of Carmelite Chambers.